How do you define frustration? Needing to go- wanting to go- but can not go. If this goes on long enough you are likely to get cranky, and irritable. It affects your pets the same way. If dog constipation is not addressed early on, disease is sure to follow!
In order to eliminate canine constipation, you need to know how / why your dog got this way. And more importantly, what needs to be done to resolve it!
Bad Diet = Bad Health
In this fast paced world, it seems there is little time to prepare healthy meals. An empty calorie now and then is not a problem, but millions of people eat junk food and junk food snacks regularly. Obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, skin disorders, IBS, Crohns Disease, (to name a few) can all be traced to poor diet choices.
So what does this have to do with your dog?
I was wondering when you were going to ask! Up until about 50 years ago dog’s diets were quite healthy. Today their diet is the equivalent of fast food. Rip open a bag, or pop open a can of pet food and dump into a bowl. It is fast and convenient, but is it nutritious?
You would think you could rely on pet food manufacturers to make sure their products are healthy and nutritious. Think Again!
Another problem is tap water. The actual chemical content of most municipal water is so complex, it is almost incalculable. Yet, most municipalities only check for 33 Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)! Though very toxic, Chlorine is the preferred treatment by municipal water supplies. Worse, it is one of those elements that combines easily with just about anything. *Chlorine dries out mucous membranes. If you are interested, you can surf the web to learn more about the impact of chlorine on health.
So what is actually happening with low quality food and chlorinated water?
Without getting too technical- the junk (I can not call it food) goes into the GI tract (gigantic mucous membrane) but since it has little if any nutritional value, it is much harder to process. Instead of moving through the GI tract, this slow moving sludge begins to stick to the intestinal walls and causes dog constipation. Chlorinated water speeds up fecal adhesions. These adhesions are a two-fold blockage; they prevent nutrients and supplements from assimilating into the body of your pet and, over time, will completely block the intestines. Additionally, this fecal matter blockage putrefies, and becomes a breeding ground for toxic pathogens, which can manifest as itchy, or dry skin, runny eyes and noses, bad breath, and bad gas.
How do you resolve Canine Constipation?
Unfortunately too few vets, like most MDs, fail to make the connection between poor diet over time, and disorders and disease. They seem content to treat the symptoms with pharmaceuticals instead of remedying the causes. I suggest you consult with a holistic veterinarian to find out the right treatment path for you and your animal.
It is time for you to start reading pet food labels.
Know this: In the wild, dogs do not eat grains or heavily processed low quality overcooked meats, or meats containing injected hormones and antibiotics, or farm raised fish, which were fed who knows what. Yet, these are the primary ingredients in commercial pet foods. It might surprise you to know that many commercial pet food manufacturers actually spray dry foods with rancid, recycled restaurant cooking oils, just to give them some flavor!
Convinced it’s Time to Change your Dogs Diet, But How?
There are plenty of options when it comes to feeding your dog a healthy diet. Some choose to make their own dog food, you can find lots of different recipes online, others use the raw food diet. If you aren’t able to put forth that much time and effort then there are plenty of good dog food companies out there. Here is a list of foods I recommend.
For the cost conscious pet owner, you will be pleased to know that any difference in upfront cost to feed your beloved pet properly is easily offset by the money saved on vet bills and medications that are sure to follow if you do not change their diet immediately.
Also, to start the bowels moving you can give them fiber supplements and enzymes. Vitality Science makes a product, Easy-Go, that combines all of the necessary nutrients to get the bowels moving and keep them moving.
Finally the importance of restoring a microbiological balance in your pet’s gut can not be overstated. You can start this process by administering a probiotic. Click here for more info about probiotics and constipation.
Hooray, Now Your Animal Is regular
Continue with a daily vitamin and healthy food and not only will your dog maintain regularity, but he will also be happier and may live longer.